Doctor of Occupational Therapy
The Program in Occupational Therapy at LSUHSC Shreveport has been approved by the LSU Board of Supervisors and the Louisiana Board of Regents to transition from a Master of Occupational Therapy to the Doctorate in Occupational Therapy (OTD). The Accreditation Council of Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) must approve of the proposed program in August 2021 in order to admit students. If granted approval by ACOTE, the first OTD classes will start May 2022, and the admissions application process will begin July 2021.
The Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) curriculum is a full time, 119 credit, 3-year program consisting of 89 didactic credits in the first 2 years, followed by 1 year (30 credits) of Level II fieldwork and a Capstone Experience Project. Each semester builds on the previous coursework so that all courses must be taken in sequence.
The proposed OTD curriculum differs from the current MOT curriculum offered at LSU Health Shreveport in depth of content and in emphasis on leadership and research. In the OTD program, small groups of students will design, implement and disseminate a research study under faculty mentorship in the research courses prior to Level II fieldwork. The two Level II Fieldwork 12 week rotations occur under the supervision of the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator and Academic Educators at various clinical sites. After successful completion of Level II Fieldwork, OTD students will individually complete a 14-week Capstone Experience that will culminate in the Capstone Project. The Capstone will provide an in-depth exposure to one or more of the following: clinical practice skills, research skills, administration, leadership, program and policy development, advocacy, education, and theory development. Students will complete the Capstone under the guidance of a faculty member with expertise in the area of focus and under the supervision of a community site advisor.
OTD Admission Criteria
If granted approval by ACOTE, the program will begin accepting applications in July 2021 via the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service. The deadline to apply is October 15, 2021 with accepted students beginning coursework in May 2022. Click here to view the admissions criteria and application process.